Opel Zafira 2017: we drive the new minivan

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Run time renewal for the segment of the seven-seat compact MPV. After the Citroën C4 Picasso and Grand Picasso received their finishing touches, and full renewal of Renault Scénic and Grand Scénic, Opel moves tab and renews its trump card, the Zafira, which loses Tourer name. New design, inherits elements Astra, adds more interior versatility, if possible, and better safety equipment and connectivity.

New image that opens this third generation This Opel Zafira which to date has sold 2.7 million units since the first was launched in 1999. The now is more sporty and dynamic, as we see on the front that says goodbye to the two X of the above optical groups, and welcomes new headlights merge with grill radiator with various chrome elements with new daytime running lights as a double wing, already known in other models of the mark, as the Astra. In profile, the new Opel Zafira offers a more streamlined look and rear, chaired by the great and practical gate, hardly suffers aesthetic modifications.

But let's talk Inside, we find the most significant new. Roomier and more practical than ever, it becomes, more so in an authentic rolling hall. A more refined interior environment with improvements in perceived quality, with abundant fluffy doors and dashboard parts with metal inserts certain size, matte, although found hard plastic under the center console, which is what really gets the changes. A disposición more rational and orderly, the console of the new Opel Zafira reduces the number of buttons and functions grouped by. At the bottom, controls driving assistance (disconnection stability, aid to parking, electronic parking brake ...), in the middle the conditioner and uppermost with a new touch screen 7 inch now presiding integrated downstream of the center console. Accessible at all times for the driver, his new provision also improves visibility, already excellent thanks to the huge panoramic windscreen.

Opel ZafiraThe feeling of control everything from the driving position is total. Spacious and bright, finding the position is very simple, especially if we choose ergonomic sports seats, as the unit tested. He Space is no problem in the Opel Zafira, or the first, or the second row, the third somewhat fairer. Undoubtedly one of the great strengths since birth is the system of folding and unfolding of seats Flex7, as tells Enrico de Lorenzi, CEO of Opel Spain: 96 percent of sales of Opel Zafira are seven seats .

At the wheel There are few differences of the new Opel Zafira compared to the previous, perhaps because the engines are basically the same. Three options on gas, 1.4 turbo 120 hp or 140 and a 1.6 turbo 200 hp three Diesel, 1.6 CDTI 120 or 136 hp and 2.0 CDTI 170 hp. There will also be versions of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), compressed natural gas (CNG). We tested the most powerful diesel version, 170 hp, offering good ride comfort associated with the 6-speed manual gearbox, showing agility and comfort equally. We also tried the most powerful petrol version which will not be offered from the start in Spain (diesel engines send in this segment) and it seems clearly quieter.

Opel Zafira 2017Opel Zafira connectivity

Another new feature of New Opel Zafira comes from the hand of connectivity. Depending on the selected device, the Opel IntelliLink multimedia system is compatible with Apple technologies carplay and Android Auto. It offers assistance Opel OnStar service - standard or optional depending on the acabado-.

The new Opel Zafira comes in autumn, in late September and will be sold from 22,300 euros.

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